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South Africa shatter records with three centurions in a run fest

Last updated on 07 Oct 2023 | 03:39 PM
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South Africa shatter records with three centurions in a run fest

Here are a few noteworthy stats from the fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between Sri Lanka and South Africa

It is just the first match out of the nine for Sri Lanka in the 2023 World Cup, and their bowlers were demoralized to the core. If mauling had a face, then Sri Lanka had 11. 

South Africa's three batters registered centuries, and that helped them post a mammoth total of 428/5. On the course of their innings, the Proteas batters and the team set few records, and here is a list of a few of them:

A record total

-The total of 428/5 posted by South Africa is the highest in the ODI World Cup history. Australia, in 2015 against Afghanistan, had set 417 in Perth. 

-This was the eighth 400+ total for South Africa in ODIs, the most by a team. India are in second with six. 

-In the World Cup, this was Proteas' third 400+ total. No other team has more than one (Australia - 1 & India - 1).

-In ODIs in India, this total is the second-highest. The highest also belongs to South Africa (438/4 against India in 2015 at Wankhede). 

-This is also the highest total against Sri Lanka in ODIs. Previously, India, in 2009, hoisted 414/7 in Rajkot. This is also the first innings in which Sri Lanka conceded above 380 in the World Cup. 

-South Africa smashed 59 boundaries (4s - 45 & 6s - 14), the most by a team in an innings in the World Cup and Proteas' personal best in overall ODIs.

-This was the fourth consecutive innings in which South Africa scored a 300+ total, their most in ODIs. 

Centuries aplenty

-In their innings, South Africa had three centurions, Quinton de Kock (100), Rassie van der Dussen (108) & Aiden Markram (106), the first instance in the World Cup. 

-Overall, in ODIs, this was the fourth innings with three centurions. Out of these, three feature South Africa. The other two instances were in 2015, one against the West Indies in Jo'Burg & other against India at Wankhede. 

-Markram's century came off just 49 balls, the fastest-ever ODI World Cup century and the third-fastest for South Africa overall. 

-Quinton's century came off just 83 balls, the third-fastest then, but fourth-fastest after Markram's feat.

Sri Lanka's bowling woes

-Matheesha Pathirana went for 95 runs in his full quota of ten overs. In a 50-over World Cup, it is the costliest spell for a bowler on WC debut. 

-Four bowlers leaked above 80 runs for Sri Lanka - Pathirana - 1/95, Kasun Rajitha - 1/90, Dilshan Madushanka - 2/86, & Dunith Wellalage - 1/81. Only the Netherlands against England in 2022 in Amstelveen suffered this fate in ODIs. 

-In the World Cup, only Ashantha de Mel (1/97), against the West Indies in 1987 in Karachi, conceded more runs than Pathirana. 

-In the 43rd over, Pathirana was smashed for 26 runs, the most for a Sri Lankan bowler in a single over in the World Cup. 

The 2nd wicket partnership

-The 204-run partnership between Quinton and van der Dussen is their fourth-highest stand for South Africa in the World Cup and their highest-ever against Sri Lanka in ODIs. 

Mendis fights back for a short time 

-In reply, Kusal Mendis was up to the task with a 25-ball half-century, Sri Lanka's third-quickest in the World Cup. 

-In his innings of 76, he smashed eight sixes, the joint-most by a batter in a World Cup innings of less than 100. In 2015, against New Zealand, Chris Gayle also hit eight sixes in his innings of 61. 

-All the eight sixes by Mendis came in the first ten overs, the most by a batter in this phase in a World Cup innings. Overall, only Gayle against England in 2019 has hit more (9).  

-The 72 runs scored by Mendis is the second-most by a batter in the first powerplay in a World Cup innings. Brendon McCullum had scored 77 against England in 2015.

-In ODIs overall, no Sri Lankan batter has scored more runs than Mendis (72) in this phase. Kusal Perera against Pakistan in 2015 scored 68.  

-Adding to his eight, a six by Sadeera Samarawickrama took the tally to nine, the second-most number of sixes hit by a team in the first ten overs of an ODI innings. Only the West Indies (10) against England in 2019 had hit more.  

-Sri Lanka posted 94 runs in the first powerplay, their best in WC and the third-highest in a complete 50-over World Cup match. 

A run fest

-The match saw 754 runs being scored, the highest aggregate in a World Cup. 

-For the first time in ODIs, three bowlers conceded 90+ runs in a match—two from Sri Lanka and one from South Africa (Marco Janesn). 

-For the first time in a WC match, 100+ boundaries were witnessed. In total, 105 - 74 fours and 31 sixes. 

-The 31 sixes hit in this match are the joint-second-most in a World Cup, and the 74 fours are the most. 

-All the 11 bowlers were hit for a six at least in this match, and each leaked runs at an economy of six or above. In ODIs, this was only the second game in which all the 10+ bowlers conceded above six. The other instance was in 2006- Australia vs South Africa, the highest chase match. 13 bowlers bowled in that match, and all had an economy above six.

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